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July 10, 2007

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Jodi

Grenville's novel has sold many copies here in Australia, but has not received quite the rapturous reception it has overseas. I agree on your sense of unease about how easy it all seems - and more than that, the representations of Indigenous people in the novel are cliched - some to the point of being offensive. Look, for instance, at the contrast between the urban Indigenous man - Scabby Bill - and the 'noble' tribesmen. This might not have as much impact overseas as it does here, where the argument between urban and 'traditional' Indigenous cultures has been raging for decades. If you search online, you'll find much dissatisfaction with Grenville. And more than dissatisfaction. Anger.

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